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One of the strengths of Java is the abundance of standard APIs for doing everything from enterprise-level data access to manipulating data structures, sending and receiving e-mail and building GUIs. This broad sweep of APIs makes choosing how to implement the various parts of an application much simpler, but it also presents a problem: How do you best use the API? Javadocs – the raw API documentation – are never enough for this purpose because they concentrate on each class or interface as a separate entity from the other classes. API specifications aren't much better because they deal with the minutiae of the API and with being a correct specification of how everything works. The most useful tool I've found for any newcomer to an API is the Java Tutorials (www.java.sun.com/docs/books/tutorial/index.html). These Tutorials guide you to correct and efficient use of an ... (more)